KIRKSVILLE, Missouri, April 18. TRUMAN State University has named Ed Pretre as the new head men and women's swimming coach. Pretre was most recently the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both programs at East Carolina University.
I look forward to making Kirksville my home and am excited to work with the exceptional student-athletes at Truman," said Pretre. "I was immediately impressed with how genuinely the swimmers care about their sport and their teammates and how eager they are to carry on Truman's prestigious swimming tradition. I was also impressed with the administration's focus on student-athletes and expectations for the swimming program at Truman.
Pretre has been an assistant coach at three Division one institutions prior to his arrival at Truman. In 2005, he was assistant men's coach for Princeton University (N.J.) where he worked with breaststrokers and butterflyers and coached several Ivy League finalists, Olympic trial qualifiers and an NCAA finalist.
In 2006, he moved over to the women's side and joined the Rutgers University (N.J.) staff while taking on the additional role as recruiting coordinator. Pretre specialized with training sprinters, IMers and all stroke groups while helping the swimmers to Big East championships breaking school records as well as preparing athletes for the U.S. National team and Olympic qualifiers.
While at Rutgers, Pretre helped coach Shayna Longacre to the NCAA Women's Championships, where she earned honorable mention All-America honors with a 15th-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke
Most recently, Pretre was at East Carolina University (N.C.) where he was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for both the Men and Women's programs. During his watch, 12 swims made the all-time top 10 list at ECU while five earned NCAA B cut times and five broke Pirate school records. He helped the women's team to their highest finish ever, a second place showing, at the Conference USA Championships.
"We are excited to have Ed Pretre be the next coach for the men's and women's swimming team at Truman," said Associate Athletics Director and chair of the search committee Linda Anderson. "His experience training swimmers at Princeton and Rutgers has prepared him to coach in an academic environment such as Truman and his coaching and recruiting experience with Division I and national level swimmers provide a background that will continue to attract national caliber swimmers to Truman and keep our program a strong contender for NCAA Championships."
"I will act on every opportunity to help my swimmers improve and achieve success in the pool, the classroom, and the community by creating an atmosphere where they are highly motivated, disciplined, and dedicated," said Pretre. "I have a passion for the sport and am honored to work with such a gifted group. I look forward to contributing to the character building that Truman inspires in its student-athletes."
Pretre began his coaching journey in 2000 with a six-year stint as the Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA head coach. He produced YMCA and New Jersey high school state champions during that period while also increasing the national team squad size from just four to over 20 athletes in four years.
Pretre is a 1997 graduate and letterwinner in swimming from West Virginia University in Morgantown and holds a masters degree in Special Education from New Jersey City University. Pretre and his wife Collette have a son, Brayden.
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